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March 13, 2017
EARTH OBSERVATION
Additional Arctic weather data raises forecast accuracy of Japan cold waves



Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
A research team consisting of members from Japan's National Institute of Polar Research, the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), and other organizations conducted forecasting simulations of the cold waves that hit Japan and the North American East Coast in February 2015. Results showed that additional data collected that year through more frequent observation of meteorological conditions in the Arctic's upper atmosphere from both land-based research stations and the res ... read more

SHAKE AND BLOW
Volcano breath: Measuring sulfur dioxide from space
Houghton, MI (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Volcanoes erupt, they spew ash, their scarred flanks sometimes run with both lava and landslides. But only occasionally. A less dramatic but important process is continuous gas emissions from volcan ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
How big brains evolved could be revealed by new mathematical model
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
A new mathematical model could help clarify what drove the evolution of large brains in humans and other animals, according to a study published in PLOS Computational Biology. Animals with hig ... more
ICE WORLD
NASA's aerial survey of polar ice expands its Arctic reach
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
For the past eight years, Operation IceBridge, a NASA mission that conducts aerial surveys of polar ice, has produced unprecedented three-dimensional views of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, provid ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Soils could release much more carbon than expected as climate warms
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Soils could release much more CO2 than expected into the atmosphere as the climate warms, according to new research by scientists from the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laborator ... more
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Widespread platinum may help solve Clovis people mystery
Columbia SC (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
No one knows for certain why the Clovis people and iconic beasts - mastodon, mammoth and saber-toothed tiger - living some 12,800 years ago suddenly disappeared. However, a discovery of widespread p ... more
FARM NEWS
This small molecule could have a big future in global food security
Tucson AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Researchers at the University of Arizona have found a promising way to prevent the loss of millions of tons of crops to a fungus each year, offering the potential to dramatically improve food securi ... more
EPIDEMICS
Paris mayor to spend 1.5 million euros for 'war on rats'
Paris (AFP) March 12, 2017
The mayor of Paris said Sunday the city would spend 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million) to rid the French capital of rats and install more public ashtrays to clean up the city's streets. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Landslide at Ethiopia garbage dump kills at least 46
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 12, 2017
At least 46 people died and dozens more were hurt in a giant landslide at Ethiopia's largest rubbish dump outside Addis Ababa, a tragedy squatters living there blamed on a biogas plant being built nearby. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Priceless remains lie in ruins at Mosul museum
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 12, 2017
It was once home to priceless archaeological treasures, but these days you get into Mosul museum in Iraq's second city via a gaping hole in the basement. ... more
BIO FUEL
Tree growth model assists breeding for more wood
Pullman WA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
A meeting in a forest between a biologist and a mathematician could lead to thicker, faster growing trees. "Mathematicians like translating biological processes into numbers," said Andrei Smertenko, ... more


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OIL AND GAS
Researchers link methane in groundwater in Parker and Hood counties to natural sources
Austin TX (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Scientists from The University of Texas at Austin have found that high levels of methane in well water from two counties near Fort Worth are probably from shallow natural gas deposits, not natural g ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
How Arctic weather can improve mid-latitude forecasts
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
During the second week of February in 2015, the meandering jet stream slipped steadily southward, pulling down icy fingers of Arctic air. In Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 15 was the coldest day in 21 years, and record daily lows were recorded from the Great Lakes across the Eastern Seaboard. Nicknamed winter storm Neptune, the blizzard halted traffic with snowfall up to 2 feet, and winds in excess of 50 mph brought down trees. ... more
IRAQ WARS
Fear and hunger in Iraq's west Mosul
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 11, 2017
The luckiest of west Mosul's residents under Islamic State group rule had tomato concentrate. Potatoes were an almost unheard-of luxury. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Niger drought leaves schools closed
Niamey (AFP) March 10, 2017
More than half of schoolchildren have quit class in some parts of Niger due to drought which is forcing entire families of farmers to move to seek better pastures, the UN said Friday. ... more

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Tired but happy, Iraqis finally escape Mosul jihadists
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 9, 2017
Civilians rush down a hillside on the outskirts of Mosul to waiting Iraqi forces, tired but happy after finally being able to flee the clutches of the Islamic State group. Trapped for years inside the jihadist-ruled city, escaping residents say IS fighters are growing increasingly desperate as Iraqi forces advance on their last bastions in west Mosul. Civilians are being forced from thei ... more
Tokyo (AFP) March 10, 2017
Japan 'piggyback' official steps down
Prague (AFP) March 10, 2017
Giant Ai Weiwei refugee installation to go on display in Prague
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 12, 2017
Priceless remains lie in ruins at Mosul museum
Orbiting in sunshine
Paris (ESA) Mar 13, 2017
Following three days of intensive work, mission control has declared the newly launched Sentinel-2B satellite fit and ready for commissioning. The 1100 kg Sentinel was launched on Tuesday atop a Vega rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Joining its orbiting twin, the new satellite will double the high-resolution coverage from the Sentinel-2 mission for the EU's Copernicus env ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
U.S. Naval Research Lab develops light, transparent armor
Washington (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Cancer-Causing Radiation Biggest Threat to Humans on Deep Space Missions
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Mikros contracted for U.S. Navy radar support systems
Underwater mountains help ocean water rise from abyss
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
At high latitudes, such as near Antarctica and the Arctic Circle, the ocean's surface waters are cooled by frigid temperatures and become so dense that they sink a few thousand meters into the ocean's abyss. Ocean waters are thought to flow along a sort of conveyor belt that transports them between the surface and the deep in a never-ending loop. However, it remains unclear where the deep ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Why did rainfall over Asian inland plateau region undergo abrupt decrease around 1999
Stanford CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Stanford biologists identify ancient stress response in corals
Sydney (AFP) March 9, 2017
Aussie lake turns vivid pink
NASA's aerial survey of polar ice expands its Arctic reach
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
For the past eight years, Operation IceBridge, a NASA mission that conducts aerial surveys of polar ice, has produced unprecedented three-dimensional views of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, providing scientists with valuable data on how polar ice is changing in a warming world. Now, for the first time, the campaign will expand its reach to explore the Arctic's Eurasian Basin through two resear ... more
Prémanon, France (AFP) March 11, 2017
World's first museum of polar lands opens in France
Paris (AFP) March 6, 2017
Is Arctic sea ice doomed to disappear?
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
NASA study improves forecasts of summer Arctic sea ice
Researchers develop equation that helps to explain plant growth
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
It is rare in biology that a single trait can answer questions spanning several fields of research. One such trait is plant biology's "leaf mass per area," a simple measurement calculated by weighing a dried leaf and dividing by its original fresh area. Leaf mass per area, or LMA, which has been measured in thousands of studies, is used in nearly every field of plant biology to make predictions ... more
Tucson AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
This small molecule could have a big future in global food security
London, UK (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Future climate change will affect plants and soil differently
Leioa, Spain (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Stabilizing soils with sulfates to improve their constructional properties
10,000 displaced as cyclone pounds Madagascar
Antananarivo (AFP) March 9, 2017
More than 10,000 Madagascans have been forced out of their homes over the past 48 hours as tropical cyclone Enawo battered the island, with the death toll rising to five, officials said Thursday. Parts of the capital Antananarivo were evacuated overnight as torrential rains hit the city. The storm hit land in Madagascar's remote northeast on Tuesday, swelling rivers to bursting point and ... more
Houghton, MI (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Volcano breath: Measuring sulfur dioxide from space
Tokyo (AFP) March 11, 2017
Japan recalls tsunami, nuclear tragedy six years on
Antananarivo (AFP) March 11, 2017
Cyclone kills 50, affects 176,000 in Madagascar
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.africa joins the internet
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 10, 2017
In the beginning was .com, followed by a host of other .somethings, but on Friday, 32 years after the world's first domain name was registered, the African Union has launched .africa for the continent. Africans who want to register a website will be able to apply for a .africa domain name in the coming months, which outgoing AU commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said would allow the con ... more
Abuja (AFP) March 8, 2017
Nigerian military to probe rights abuse claims
Bamako (AFP) March 5, 2017
11 Malian soldiers killed in attack on border base
Dakar (AFP) March 4, 2017
Senegal and Gambia announce new era of ties
China's elderly live longer, but are less fit: study
Paris (AFP) March 9, 2017
The number and proportion of people in China over 80 are growing, but their mental and physical fitness appear to be declining, scientists reported Friday. Comparing medical data and surveys from 1998 and 2008 of nearly 20,000 people aged 80 to 105, researchers found that the ranks of China's 'oldest old' had expanded since the turn of the century. For octogenarians and nonagenarians, mo ... more
Columbia SC (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Widespread platinum may help solve Clovis people mystery
Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Aboriginal hair shows 50,000 years connection to country
Hanover NH (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Dartmouth study finds modern hunter-gathers relocate to maximize foraging efficiency
International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
US desert songbirds at risk in a warming climate
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Projected increases in the frequency, intensity and duration of heatwaves in the desert of the southwestern United States are putting songbirds at greater risk for death by dehydration and mass die-offs, according to a new study. Researchers used hourly temperature maps and other data produced by the North American Land Data Assimilation System (NLDAS) - a land-surface modeling effort main ... more
Paris (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Investment vital to adapting to climate change in West Africa
Niamey (AFP) March 10, 2017
Niger drought leaves schools closed
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Soils could release much more carbon than expected as climate warms
Taking earth's inner temperature
Cape Cod MA (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
The temperature of Earth's interior affects everything from the movement of tectonic plates to the formation of the planet. A new study led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) suggests the mantle - the mostly solid, rocky part of Earth's interior that lies between its super-heated core and its outer crustal layer - may be hotter than previously believed. The new finding, published Mar ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
How Arctic weather can improve mid-latitude forecasts
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
NASA examines deadly spring-like weather with GPM satellite
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Flashy first images arrive from NOAA's GOES-16 lightning mapper
Evidence disproving tropical 'thermostat' theory
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
New research findings show that as the world warmed millions of years ago, conditions in the tropics may have made it so hot some organisms couldn't survive. Longstanding theories dating to the 1980s suggest that as the rest of the earth warms, the tropical temperatures would be strictly limited, or regulated by an internal 'thermostat.' These theories are controversial, but the debate is ... more
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Crocodiles and dolphins evolved similar skulls to catch the same prey: Study finds
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Ancient southern China fish may have evolved prior to the 'Age of Fish'
Urbana IL (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
A new tool for genetically engineering the oldest branch of life
New Zealand lauded for renewables, but challenges remain
Wellington, New Zealand (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
Even with international praise for its renewable energy strategy, New Zealand's government said there is room for improvement. An annual review of the New Zealand energy sector from the International Energy Agency described the country as a "success story" for its ability to advance on low-carbon options like hydro-electric power and geothermal energy, all without government subsidies. ... more
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Feb 15, 2017
EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms
Taipei (AFP) Feb 12, 2017
Taiwan lantern makers go green for festival of lights
Washington (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax
Australia PM, Musk discuss offer to fix power woes
Sydney (AFP) March 12, 2017
Australia's prime minister held talks with Elon Musk Sunday after the US innovator offered to solve the energy crisis plaguing a southern region in a hundred days - or install the technology free. Musk, the entrepreneur behind electric carmaker Tesla, made the pledge in response to power woes in South Australia, which was last year hit by a state-wide blackout after severe winds from an ... more
Ames IA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Discovery in new material raises questions about theoretical models of superconductivity
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
ORNL study examines tungsten in extreme environments to improve fusion materials
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
ABB delivers first urban battery storage solution in Denmark to support renewables
A light rain can spread soil bacteria far and wide
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
A good rain can have a cleansing effect on the land. But an MIT study published this week in Nature Communications reports that, under just the right conditions, rain can also be a means of spreading bacteria. Using high-resolution imaging, researchers from MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering observed the effect of raindrops falling on dry soil laden with bacteria. When falling at s ... more
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
A backup copy in the central brain
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
How big brains evolved could be revealed by new mathematical model
Paris (AFP) March 8, 2017
Bird-slaying snakes ravage island forests
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Punishment of rights lawyers top 2016 achievement: China
Beijing (AFP) March 12, 2017
China on Sunday boasted harsh punishments meted out to rights defenders was the legal system's top accomplishment last year, as the country reported a jump in the number of corruption cases tried in its courts. Activists and lawyers are a constant thorn in the side of Beijing and are often accused of being in cahoots with foreign organisations trying to undermine national security and stir ... more
Washington (AFP) March 13, 2017
Tillerson to East Asia in shadow of North Korea threat
Sanya, China (AFP) March 13, 2017
Sun-seeking retirees flock to 'China's Florida'
Shanghai (AFP) March 3, 2017
Shared bikes grind Shanghai's gears
How nature creates forest diversity
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Forests, especially tropical forests, are home to thousands of species of trees - sometimes tens to hundreds of tree species in the same forest - a level of biodiversity ecologists have struggled to explain. In a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and thei ... more
Bangkok (AFP) March 2, 2017
The battle to save Bangkok's 'Green Lung'
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Ancient peoples shaped the Amazon rainforest
Tegucigalpa (AFP) March 1, 2017
Indigenous protest in Honduras marks activist's murder


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